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Spate of local burglaries

Advice issued to residents following multiple burglaries – Shrivenham

Thames Valley Police has recently witnessed an increase in burglaries in the Shrivenham area. A large number of these burglaries have resulted in jewellery and cash being stolen.

We would like to remind residents to remain vigilant and consider keeping any valuables out of sight or in a safe. Additionally, CCTV acts as a major deterrent and greatly increases our chances of catching the offenders so please consider installing it.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to make your property less attractive during the autumn and winter months:

·When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.

·Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.

·Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.

·Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.

·Consider fitting a motion activated external light and installing a CCTV system.

·Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at

·Speak to your neighbours, look out for each other’s homes and think about setting up Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

·Remain vigilant and report all suspicious people or vehicles by calling 101 or reporting it online at

We would like to encourage all residents to sign up to receive Thames Valley Alerts. Thames Valley Police are committed to involving the community in the policing of your area. We believe that by improving the flow of information between the community and its police we can all make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Thames Valley Alert website provides an invitation for you to participate in the exchange of information with Thames Valley Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community subject of anti-social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.

Please visit and click on ‘JOIN’ to register, there is also an option to download a mobile app.

If you would like any further help or advice please contact the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team by emailing or by calling 101.

For more burglary prevention advice please visit our website at



Energy Saving Tips from Citizens Advice

Save money on energy bills! – Citizens Advice tips

As mild December gives way to a colder, frostier new year, Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale is encouraging people to analyse their home energy spending and take steps to cut down on fuel wastage. The charity has these tips:

  1. Check your bills carefully and make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff. Most energy suppliers offer fixed price tariffs, where the price of a unit of energy will remain the same for the length of the deal. Think about switching to a new supplier (for an energy prices comparison tool, go to Citizens Advice has helped many people to switch successfully to a new energy supplier, so contact us to discuss your options.
  2. Make your home energy-efficient. Insulate lofts and walls, double-glaze your windows and use thick curtains to keep heat in. Get your boiler serviced annually. Grants are available to help with insulation: call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.
  3. Your central heating thermostat and your timer (or programmer) are your good friends and allies when it comes to saving money. Shave down the timings so that the boiler is only working when you need it. A thermostat temperature of 20 degrees is adequate for most homes.
  4. Try an online Home Energy Check at
  5. For those who qualify, various grants and discounts are available to help with bills: the Warm Home Discount and the Winter Fuel Payment
  6. Sign on to the Priority Services Register if you’re of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick. The scheme gets you extra energy services free of charge. Visit for further information.

For more help and support, contact Citizens Advice in person or on Adviceline (03 444 111444). For locations of offices and opening hours see

Victim Support services available to all

Have you been a victim of crime or abuse?

Being a victim or a witness of a crime can be an emotional and difficult time.

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime or abuse, as well as family members of victims. It is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. 

A Victims First Officer can discuss any emotional or practical needs you may have and work with you to put a tailored support plan in place. This could involve referring you to a specialist service such as services for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The type of assistance available includes telephone and face to face support, advocacy including help to access other services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services and legal services, support through the criminal justice system (if you have reported the crime to the police) and therapeutic counselling.

A Young Victims Service is also available to anyone under 18 and works with young people to help them cope with the effects of crime.

To speak to a Victims First Officer about any of the services and to receive support please call 0300 1234 148.   

You can also find more information or make a referral for support online at

Primary School entry – September 2018

Parents/carers of children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 must apply for a primary school place. Closing date for applications is 15 January 2018 and can be made online at or on paper (forms available from the County Council website or a local school).

Letters offering places will be posted second class on 16 April 2018. Those who applied online will receive an email and will be able to view the results of their application online.